Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
The branch of dentistry known as orthodontics focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating jaw and teeth irregularities. Children, teens, and adults benefit from orthodontic care to correct large gaps between teeth, bite misalignment, uneven teeth, or teeth and lips that don’t fit together properly.
A child benefits from having their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7 or 8, even if they don’t have any problems yet. Your child has a mix of adult and baby teeth and can catch any problems that are likely to emerge later on and require extensive treatment.
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs.
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.
The most common reason for needing Orthodontic treatment as an adult is, if you had treatment when you were younger and did not wear your retainers or discontinued wearing them.
Teeth shift as your bone remodels over years. If a removable retainers that is worn at night is not holding them in place they will continue to move over time.
Depending on problems you may have, this treatment is planned to fix minor or complex teeth alignment issues with or without bite correction in a comprehensive manner.
Your orthodontist will discuss the details pertaining to your treatment at the consult appointment. In complex treatment scenarios more than 1 appointment may be required to plan out the best treatment options and reach a decision.
*All the steps mentioned above may be done at the same visit or at separate visits. It depends on several factors – Good oral health, appointment time availability, patient’s schedule for the day, pre-orthodontic preparation for appliance, specialty consultations, extractions etc.
Extractions of some adult teeth and or wisdom teeth may or may not be required. The requirement depends on – how much crowding do you have, are any teeth impacted, is your bite not aligned etc.
If required they will be performed by your family dentist or another dental specialist.
Most orthodontists focus on their specialty and will refer you back to your family dentist or another dental specialist for extractions.
You can choose metal braces or clear braces. However, for certain bites clear ceramic braces may not be advised as they can cause aggressive wear on your teeth.
Yes, clear aligners may be a good esthetic option in some treatments. We will make recommendations with aligners based on your treatment needs.
Some of the differences between the braces & clear aligners are-
Aligners are removable.
You must remove aligners to eat or drink. You can only drink water with aligners in your mouth. Aligners must be worn 22 hours a day for them to work. You must keep track of hours aligners are worn each day for successful on time treatment.
Clear Braces are less visible
Aligners and their attachments are least visible
Depending on patient’s oral health status, schedule availability and treatment plan the answer to this question can vary. You can get your braces put on anywhere from the first visit to the office to the subsequent.
In majority of patents depending on the problems your teeth and bite present. Orthodontic treatment can last anywhere from 6 months to 36 months.
Every patient is unique and presents with unique challenges. Some of the common reasons you may have braces for longer than the 2-2.5 years can include but not limited to –
Braces today have evolved and are made with advance technology keeping them as small as possible and use light forces on your teeth. You will be aware of their presence when you first get them on your teeth just like you notice a new shoe on your foot. However, in a couple of weeks you will get use to them. There might be some discomfort after your adjustment visits which easily controlled by OTC pain medications.
This varies from patient to patient and what stage of treatment you are at. You will be advised to have an adjustment or checks anywhere from 2-12 weeks. You must follow the Orthodontist’s recommendation on the interval of visits as it is a very critical for a successful treatment outcome.
Some orthodontic treatment require wearing elastics to correct and/ or stabilize your bite. When required, the orthodontist will discuss with you if they need to be worn all day and night or at night only. You will be told how many hours to wear them for, how to put them on, how often to change them etc. If you are compliant with your elastic wear you can assure a successful outcome.